|Title: The Awakening of Miss Prim|
Author: Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
Published: July 8, 2014 by Atria
Synopsis:In this #1 international bestseller, a young woman leaves everything behind to work as a librarian in a remote French village, where she finds her outlook on life and love challenged in every way.
Prudencia Prim is a young woman of intelligence and achievement, with a deep knowledge of literature and several letters after her name. But when she accepts the post of private librarian in the village of San Ireneo de Arnois, she is unprepared for what she encounters there. Her employer, a book-loving intellectual, is dashing yet contrarian, always ready with a critique of her cherished Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott. The neighbors, too, are capable of charm and eccentricity in equal measure, determined as they are to preserve their singular little community from the modern world outside.
Prudencia hoped for friendship in San Ireneo but she didn't suspect that she might find love—nor that the course of her new life would run quite so rocky or would offer challenge and heartache as well as joy, discovery, and fireside debate. Set against a backdrop of steaming cups of tea, freshly baked cakes, and lovely company,is a distinctive and delightfully entertaining tale of literature, philosophy, and the search for happiness.
Something about this book made me inexplicably happy, giddy almost. Maybe it was the subtlety of the humor, the relatability of the narrator, or the sardonic treatment of classic romance but it was just delightful.
Or maybe it's because The Awakening of Miss Prim reminded me so much of one of my favorite TV shows of all times, Gilmore Girls. But like Gilmore Girls set in rural France with the part of Rory being played by four precocious siblings and Lorelei not being very likable at first. It has the same kind of essence to the tale. It's the story of a spunky modern woman trying to make it in a idyllic small town full of quirky characters.
Another interesting thing about this book that made me inexplicably happy was that I'm not really sure how to classify it's genre. I'm not sure if it's Historical Fiction or Contemporary. The characters, the situations, and this book on the whole seems to defy convention and can't be pigeonholed. It feels like it takes place in another time but it also has modern sensibilities and references. But that's part of it's charm.The Awakening of Miss Prim takes the reader back to a simpler time and allows you to feel the easy-going nature of escape that is so enjoyable in reading literature.
My only problem with this book was the pacing and even at times, the plot development. It seemed a little all over the place. It wasn't exactly a thrilling page-turner or the kid of book you wanted to read in one sitting. Maybe it was that easy-going nature of the book but I wasn't at all sure what it was building to. I had two possible directions as to where the book was heading but things just sort of existed. I didn't feel like there was much of a resolution or even a real climax to the story and the ending felt a little abrupt. And while it was a fun escape, it isn't the kind of book you can loose yourself in, causing you to forget about the world around you.
I give The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera an 8.5 out of 10
Have you read The Awakening of Miss Prim? What were your thoughts? Leave me a comment. If you haven't read Miss Prim what is your favorite book about books? I have a few others that I am considering and I would love suggestions. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!